2023 is here, and so is our GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant! The start of the new year means spring is right around the corner, and just like you, we are starting to dream about our spring garden. As you plan a new pollinator garden, draft plans to expand your irrigation system, or craft new garden lesson plans, why not apply for some garden grant funding?
The 2023 GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant, brought to you by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening, is designed to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to communities across the United States. The GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant is open until February 10, 2023.
This year programs can apply in either English or Spanish! To view this grant opportunity in English, visit our English GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant page.
Tambien, este año, programas pueden aplicar en íngles or español! Para ver esta oportunidad de subvención en español, visite nuestra página Subvención de GroMoreGood Grassroots.
In March, 160 programs will receive $500 in funding to start or improve their garden or greenspace. In addition, fifteen programs will receive an additional $1,000, for a total of $1,500, through our Plus, Pride, and Equity Specialty Awards.
The Plus Specialty Award is designed to fund new and existing garden programs that have greater funding needs due to, but are not limited to, financial, environmental, safety, health, and regulation challenges. Applicants interested in applying will have the opportunity to share how their organization will use the garden program to respond to the needs, gaps, or challenges faced by participating youth.
The Pride Specialty Award is designed to fund new and existing garden programs that serve a majority of LGBTQ+ youth. Applicants interested in applying will have the opportunity to share how their organization will use the garden program to support LGBTQ+ youth.
The Equity Specialty Award is designed to fund new and existing garden programs led by people of color that serve a majority of youth of color. Interested applicants will share how their leader is reflective of the community they serve and how the garden program will support youth of color.
Are you looking for an idea or inspiration? Take a look at some of the stories 2022 grantees shared with us.
Carol Pond, Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area, Plus Specialty Award Winner
Kris Kifer, Pacific Elementary School, Pride Specialty Award Winner
“The Pride Speciality Award had a profound impact on our school community. We used the award to start a garden club for LGBTQ+ youth and allies, and the entire school community was aware of the club and invested in its success! On the last day of Rainbow Garden Club, we had a chance to convert a garden bed into a rainbow garden of annual flowers. The club gave students the opportunity to work together on shared garden projects and learn more about themselves and others.”
Marianne Zaugg, Eco Urban Gardens, 2022 Equity Specialty Award Winner
"The Arroyo High School Farm Lab expanded the foraging area of the garden by 2,000 square feet to incorporate California native edible and medicinal plants along with herbs from around the globe. We learned about the Native cultures, Tongva, Kizh, and Chumash Nations in the Los Angeles areas. Students and community volunteers installed a lavender meadow, a Nopal cactus knoll, a berry foraging knoll with native blackberries, and a culinary herb hugelkultur planted with North American and South Asian native herbs. These plants best represent the cultural heritage of our students and community volunteers.”
Whether you are creating a nature trail, building a Monarch Waystation, supporting youth social and emotional development in the garden, or growing fresh fruits and vegetables for cooking classes, consider applying for the grant opportunity.
We look forward to supporting 160 programs through the 2023 GroMoreGrassroots Grant! Apply by February 10, 2023, to be considered.